Skip to main content

Popular Idioms and Usages Part T

Here is the long list of idioms and usages starting with the letter T.

Take a back seat: To be inactive.
Take down a peg or two: To reduce someone’s ego.
Take the bit between your teeth: To take control over a situation.
Take with a pinch of salt: To accept the reality doubtfully.
Taken aback: Surprised.
Tea leaf: Thief. Cockney rhyming slang
The Andrew: Slang for British Navy.
The back of beyond: A lonely, desolate place.
The balance of power: Distribution of equal power among nations.
The balance of trade: The difference between the total imports and exports a country has.
The ball is in your court: The control over something is with you.
The bee’s knees: Of excellent quality.
The Big Apple (notice capitalization): New York City.
The Big Easy: New Orleans.
The bitter end: The limit of one’s efforts
The blind leading the blind: Uninformed people guiding others.
The Bread of Life: Jesus Christ.
The buck stops here: The responsibility ends here.
The call of the wild: The appeal of the nature in the raw.
The Collywobbles: Nervous state of mind.
The crapper: Lavatory
The die has been cast: The state is irrevocable now.
The full Monty: The complete of something.
The mutt’s nuts: Of great quality.
The order of the boot: Dismissal from a job.
The penny drops: A realization after a state of confusion or misunderstanding.
The real McCoy: Something which is not duplicate.
The shit hits the fan: Uproar caused by a previously unknown situation.
The status quo: The present condition.
The thin red line: A line of English soldiers.
The third degree: Torture used in interrogation.
There is an R in the month: The weather is cold.
There is more than one way to skin a cat: There is more than one way to achieve something.
Things that go bump in the night: Frightening or supernatural things.
Thorn in the flesh: A difficulty or embarrassment.
Ticked off: Rebuked.
Tie the knot: To get married.
Till the cows come home: For a very long time.
Tits up: Fallen over one’s back.
Tomfoolery: Great stupidity.
Top notch: Of excellent quality. Similar to The bee’s knees.
Tout de suite: Immediately.
Trick or treat: A simple threat.
Trouble and strife: Wife. Cockney rhyming slang.
Twenty four seven: Available daylong.
A two and eight: State of anxiety. Cockney rhyming.

That’s all for now. You can expect more in the coming days.

Copyright © Lenin Nair and certain other places including an unnamed proverbial resource


Popular posts from this blog

What Is the Difference Between Hardcover and Paperback?

Today, my reader, Rahman contacted me with a doubt:

Dear Lenin, would you explain why there are two types of books: hardcover and paperback?
This is quite a simple affair and there are explanatory articles to be found at various places on the Net. Here is my addition.


A hardcover aka hardback is a book bound with thick protective cover, with usually a paper or leather dust jacket over the main cover. The aim of hardcover is protection and durability. These books are mainly for long-term use and collectors’ editions. Hardcover books last far longer than the corresponding paperbacks. They do not get damaged easily thus making them perfect for reference guides, great literary works, etc.

In addition, there is a difference in the type of paper used to print hardcover books. The paper used is long-lasting acid-free type. Acid-free paper has a pH value of 7 (neutral) which makes it highly durable. The papers are stitched and glued to the spine.

Hardbacks are prepared for commercial …

En Dash, Em Dash, and Hyphen

We have three types of dashes in use: The hyphen, En Dash, and the Em Dash. In this post, we will see how to use them all correctly.

Hyphen (-)

The hyphen is the minus key in Windows-based keyboards. This is a widely used punctuation mark. Hyphen should not be mistaken for a dash. Dash is different and has different function than a hyphen.

A hyphen is used to separate the words in a compound adjective, verb, or adverb. For instance:

The T-rex has a movement-based vision.
My blog is blogger-powered.
John’s idea was pooh-poohed.

The hyphen can be used generally for all kinds of wordbreaks.

En Dash (–)

En Dash gets its name from its length. It is one ‘N’ long (En is a typographical unit that is almost as wide as 'N'). En Dash is used to express a range of values or a distance:

People of age 55–80 are more prone to hypertension.
Delhi–Sidney flight was late by three hours.

In MS Word, you can put an En Dash either from the menu, clicking Insert->Symbol or by the key-combination, Ctrl + Num…

What Is the Meaning of the Word 'Ghajini'? Story and Trivia of Aamir Khan's New Film [Special]

[Special Entry]

Aamir Khan's latest film is titled a little weirdly for the taste of Hindi filmgoers. 'Ghajini': They have never heard of such a name, and such a word never existed in Hindi or in any other Indian language.

The name Ghajini is the name of the villain of the film. In Tamil version, the name of the villain was Laxman.

As a Tamil moviegoer, I have already watched Ghajini and know the story in full.

So, What Does the Title Mean?

In Tamil, the title of the film is inspired by the story of Mahmud of Ghazni, an ancient invader of India. This person was so persistent in invading India that he continued trying after several failures. In the film too, the protagonist is such persistent in finding out and killing the villain of the film, who had killed his girlfriend, Kalpana (played by Asin). Aamir's Character (named Sanjay Ramaswamy in Tamil), is a short-term amnesiac, who cannot remember anything more than fifteen minutes.

You may ask then how the Ghazni became…